These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Texas

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Texas. And here they are:

  1. West University Place
  2. Trophy Club
  3. Bellaire
  4. Fair Oaks Ranch
  5. Highland Village
  6. Melissa
  7. Helotes
  8. Colleyville
  9. Flower Mound
  10. Terrell Hills

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Texas

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. West University Place

West University Place, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,223Median Income: $207,429
Poverty Level: 1.8%
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%

2. Trophy Club

Trophy Club, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,451Median Income: $127,391
Poverty Level: 2.6%
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%

3. Bellaire

Bellaire, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,533Median Income: $169,663
Poverty Level: 2.4%
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

4. Fair Oaks Ranch

Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,534Median Income: $132,855
Poverty Level: 0.5%
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

5. Highland Village

Highland Village, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 15,589Median Income: $133,161
Poverty Level: 2.1%
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

6. Melissa

Melissa, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,675Median Income: $102,591
Poverty Level: 2.1%
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%

7. Helotes

Helotes, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,880Median Income: $114,470
Poverty Level: 3.5%
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%

8. Colleyville

Colleyville, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 23,928Median Income: $151,169
Poverty Level: 1.8%
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%

9. Flower Mound


Population 2014: 67,630 Median Income: $121,549
Poverty Level: 2.9%
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

10. Terrell Hills

Terrell Hills, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,037Median Income: $127,589
Poverty Level: 5.8%
Unemployment Rate: 0.8%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to West University Place and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Texas

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 West University Place $207,429 1.8% 3.1%
2 Trophy Club $127,391 2.6% 2.6%
3 Bellaire $169,663 2.4% 3.6%
4 Fair Oaks Ranch $132,855 0.5% 4.1%
5 Highland Village $133,161 2.1% 3.7%
6 Melissa $102,591 2.1% 2.5%
7 Helotes $114,470 3.5% 3.2%
8 Colleyville $151,169 1.8% 4.8%
9 Flower Mound $121,549 2.9% 4.3%
10 Terrell Hills $127,589 5.8% 0.8%
11 Southlake $170,742 3.2% 4.8%
12 Coppell $111,325 4.0% 4.1%
13 Keller $114,266 3.9% 4.9%
14 Murphy $121,360 3.6% 5.1%
15 Frisco $112,155 3.9% 4.9%
16 Cibolo $87,613 3.5% 4.8%
17 League City $90,972 4.6% 4.5%
18 Woodway $79,797 5.9% 2.9%
19 Pearland $94,653 4.7% 4.9%
20 Hewitt $70,300 4.9% 3.5%
21 Sunnyvale $100,517 1.1% 5.7%
22 Selma $75,949 5.0% 4.6%
23 Allen $102,120 5.4% 5.2%
24 Sachse $91,543 3.0% 5.7%
25 Prosper $111,641 9.7% 3.8%
26 McKinney $82,988 7.5% 4.0%
27 Sugar Land $105,400 5.1% 5.3%
28 Kyle $75,182 5.7% 4.4%
29 Jersey Village $67,607 4.1% 4.5%
30 Roanoke $61,010 5.4% 1.9%
31 Portland $66,662 5.9% 3.2%
32 Seabrook $79,308 5.2% 5.2%
33 Robinson $71,215 6.5% 4.2%
34 Friendswood $95,120 4.9% 5.7%
35 Mansfield $89,774 6.0% 5.3%
36 Kennedale $75,278 9.8% 2.9%
37 University Park $176,836 7.6% 5.8%
38 Manvel $85,081 11.2% 3.2%
39 Rockwall $86,627 6.4% 5.6%
40 Grapevine $75,931 9.9% 4.3%
41 Fate $89,505 4.1% 6.5%
42 Celina $88,500 13.2% 2.8%
43 Highland Park $192,946 5.5% 7.1%
44 Katy $73,006 8.9% 4.5%
45 Whitehouse $71,250 6.3% 5.3%
46 Midland $67,144 8.8% 4.3%
47 Wylie $83,594 5.3% 6.4%
48 Lake Jackson $72,645 7.6% 5.3%
49 Lakeway $109,628 5.1% 7.1%
50 Plano $82,944 6.7% 5.9%
51 Benbrook $64,553 7.6% 5.0%
52 Andrews $60,579 9.4% 4.2%
53 Pflugerville $74,196 8.8% 5.3%
54 Cedar Park $79,323 5.6% 6.6%
55 Little Elm $81,866 5.2% 6.9%
56 Carrollton $69,282 7.2% 5.6%
57 Red Oak $67,132 11.0% 4.2%
58 Addison $60,456 10.4% 3.7%
59 Anna $63,556 4.6% 6.1%
60 Hutto $70,519 4.1% 6.8%
61 Universal City $60,934 8.6% 4.9%
62 Buda $69,685 10.8% 5.0%
63 Lumberton $62,166 5.6% 6.0%
64 Leon Valley $60,040 9.6% 4.7%
65 Midlothian $72,126 5.7% 6.9%
66 Burkburnett $50,958 7.7% 4.7%
67 Crowley $64,836 6.4% 6.4%
68 Kermit $52,813 11.7% 2.5%
69 Alamo Heights $110,086 10.7% 6.6%
70 Missouri City $84,662 5.1% 7.8%
71 Schertz $72,463 6.5% 7.0%
72 Deer Park $77,612 6.7% 7.1%
73 Rowlett $83,442 5.3% 7.7%
74 Azle $54,171 10.7% 4.4%
75 Burleson $69,088 7.5% 6.5%
76 North Richland Hills $62,927 6.7% 6.2%
77 Leander $75,983 4.0% 8.0%
78 Iowa Park $47,276 9.5% 3.2%
79 Fort Stockton $47,714 7.6% 4.8%
80 Royse City $66,619 4.2% 7.6%
81 Fairview $74,285 8.1% 7.1%
82 Seminole $51,324 12.8% 3.2%
83 The Colony $71,425 5.5% 7.7%
84 Lewisville $58,559 8.4% 5.9%
85 Bedford $60,373 8.0% 6.1%
86 Sanger $53,862 8.5% 5.7%
87 Saginaw $74,521 5.8% 7.8%
88 Round Rock $70,952 8.5% 7.1%
89 Converse $62,627 11.0% 5.8%
90 Odessa $56,119 11.9% 5.0%
91 Corinth $85,170 6.6% 8.3%
92 Stafford $58,519 11.7% 5.3%
93 New Braunfels $59,083 10.2% 6.1%
94 Angleton $53,638 10.9% 5.5%
95 Lake Dallas $68,071 5.6% 8.0%
96 Heath $152,379 5.0% 10.8%
97 White Oak $57,202 14.9% 4.9%
98 Boerne $57,027 10.9% 6.0%
99 Nederland $56,990 7.7% 7.0%
100 Watauga $61,716 6.6% 7.7%

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